You know what that was? That was the Malevolent Melody book as illustrated by Matthieu Bessudo aka Mcbess. You know what else that was? That was the packaging for The Dead Pirates vinyl EP. You now what other thing that was? That was a sickening display of talent because not only is Mcbess an illustrator, he’s also in the flipping band!
The next time a music industry exec asks me why they’ve become a collective of fail merchants (and yes they ask me this all the time), I’m going to let them look at my copy of the Malevolent Melody book. How about creating something with care? Something considered that listeners will want to engage with, hold and collect.
"But kids today want to stuff their music into their iPods"
That’s true monkey boy but as with many new vinyl releases, digital copies of the songs found deep in the grooves are made freely available to those who purchase said vinyl. P-u-r-c-h-a-s-e.
Because you "get it" you’ll want to click over to Nobrow now and actually get it. And while you’re waiting for your purchase to be delivered by a human person (sort of like a download) why not grab a free Mcbess desktop image type thing or do like me and slip a Mcbess wallpaper into your iPhone.
Created by Ryohei Yanagihara in 1958, Uncle Torys was a character which by all accounts captured the imagination of a post war Japan. The commercials and toys that followed echoed an illustration style that is pure 50’s.
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photo by glumpire
Let me just say that yes, I am aware posts have been few and far between here. A combination of ungodly project deadlines at work and a man flu that could fell a grown woman contributed. Things should level off somewhat over the coming weeks. In the mean time I can think of no better subject to belatedly welcome in the new year than when the Peanuts met Amblyopia ex Anopsia.
Published by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in January of 1968. Full comic available for download here (link to page - not direct download)
Ward Jenkins has ‘unearthed’ a corker of chidlren’s book. Space Alphabet by Irene Zacks first published in 1964. Now I’ve never been one to advocate the dismantling of a book but imagine how wonderful it would be to have each one of Peter P. Plasencia’s illustrations framed and hung in a child’s room! You can view all the pages here.
By the way I just wanted to thank everyone who has offered such kind words since the launch of this site. I truly never expected it to get the reaction it has. I’m still discovering a rythm and voice for the site but so far it’s been tremendous fun. I do plan to post something soon to answer all of the great questions I’ve been getting so stay tuned.